Arsenal had the chance to sign Mauro Icardi in the January transfer window, but they opted to turn down all but their top centre-forward targets.

Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi reacts during the French L1 football match between PSG and LOSC Lille at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, on October 29, 2021. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi reacts during the French L1 football match between PSG and LOSC Lille at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, on October 29, 2021. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Athletic report that as Arsenal worked on a deal to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, they were presented with the opportunity to explore a swap deal with Paris Saint-Germain for Mauro Icardi.

That possibility didn’t go anywhere, as Arsenal were clear they would only be pursuing their primary targets up front. Icardi clearly wasn’t one of them.

Instead, Arsenal were willing to stick with their existing options and revisit the situation in the summer.

28-year-old Icardi is struggling for form in France, scoring five goals in 25 appearances (13 starts) this season. He’s yet to score in 2022 and only two of his five goals came after September 20th.

Icardi was a very highly-regarded striker during his spell with Inter Milan, scoring 24 and 29 goals in consecutive league campaigns between 2016 and 2018.

But in the three full seasons since then he’s failed to better 12 league goals, and this season looks set to be the same story.

Arsenal offering a permanent deal to an out-of-form 28-year-old in the hope he’ll turn it around and become the player he was once touted to be is the kind of business most fans would probably want to see them avoid.

Arsenal's English midfielder Bukayo Saka (L), Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette (C) and Arsenal's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard (R) react to their defeat on the pitch on the final whistle in the English FA Cup third round football match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at The City Ground in Nottingham, central England, on January 9, 2022. - Forest won the game 1-0. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (L), Alexandre Lacazette (C), and Martin Odegaard (R) react to their defeat on the pitch on the final whistle in the English FA Cup third round football match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at The City Ground in Nottingham, central England, on January 9, 2022. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

On the other hand, the decision was a bold one, as it left Arsenal without any centre-forward signings at all.

Alexandre Lacazette needs to find his goalscoring touch if a top-four finish is going to remain realistic.

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